NHL Game Summary - San Jose at St. Louis|
(Tuesday, December 17th)
Final Score: San Jose 4, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Irwin and Marty Havlat each recorded
a goal and an assist to help the San Jose Sharks continue their mastery of the
St. Louis Blues this season with a 4-2 win at Scot trade Center.
Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns also scored to support a 20-save effort from
Antti Niemi as San Jose posted its third victory in as many meetings with the
Blues in 2013-14. The Sharks have outscored St. Louis by a 16-7 margin in
"It's really good to get the three wins," said Sharks head coach Todd
McLellan. "They're a team that had our number. Tonight, I don't think it was
indicative of what can happen down the road if we meet in the playoffs."
Patrick Marleau and Justin Braun contributed two assists apiece to the
triumph, just the Sharks' second in their last seven overall.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester had the goals for St. Louis, with
Jaroslav Halak stopping 23 shots in the loss.
The Sharks dominated play throughout the opening period and took a 2-0
advantage into the first intermission behind goals by Pavelski and Irwin less
than three minutes apart.
Pavelski was in perfect position to send San Jose ahead near the midway mark
of the frame. While camped out on the doorstep of the St. Louis goal, the
heady center knocked in a shot from Havlat that was deflected over the net.
Irwin also benefited from a favorable bounce to extend the lead with 7:26 left
in the frame, with the defenseman corralling Braun's shot that went wide of
the net and depositing the rebound into an open left side.
"We've got to get better on our starts," said Shattenkirk."We did initially
early for a couple minutes and then got away from it. They get a fortunate
bounce on the first goal, but from there, we've just got to kind of pick our
heads up and know that what we were doing at the time was getting the job
Burns made it a 3-0 game just two minutes into the second period with a close-
range blast after taking in a feed from Joe Thornton behind the net, but the
Blues put up a pair of goals before the session concluded to narrow the gap.
Shattenkirk's drive from the left point deflected off a body in front and
found its way past Niemi with 4:29 to go in the stanza, and Bouwmeester's
screamer from long range pulled the Blues within 3-2 with only 25 seconds on
the second-period clock.
The Sharks were able to kill the momentum with a strong third period, though.
Niemi turned aside all eight chances he faced and Havlat provided an insurance
tally with 11:41 remaining, skating in to convert the rebound of an attempt by
Braun that had struck the left post.
"He's getting better every game," McLellan said of Havlat. "He's accepting
more and more of the responsibility that he has to for his play and for the
team's success. He's been a big part of it."
St. Louis was dealt only its third regulation loss at home this season. Two
have come at the hands of the Sharks, who posted a 6-2 decision at Scot
trade Center on Oct. 15 ... Burns had a hat trick in the teams' most recent
clash, a 6-3 Sharks' win in San Jose on Nov. 29 ... Forwards David Backes
(upper body), Jaden Schwartz (undisclosed) and Vladimir Sobotka (upper body)
all sat out for the Blues ... The Sharks improved to 15-2-5 when scoring the
game's first goal this season ... San Jose went 0-for-3 on the power play
and has failed to convert 14 opportunities with the man advantage over its
last six road tests.
12/17 23:59:49 ET